Yes, there’s a graphic novel for that!

By Kat La Mantia | July 11 2022 | GeneralGraphic Novels

Comics aren’t just for showcasing the exploits of your favorite superheroes these days. Whether you’re trying to cook the perfect dumpling or figure out how the internet really works or get to the deep introspective questions about what your gender is and what it means, there’s a graphic novel for you. You’ll find that a panel by panel illustrated work is often a more accessible way to approach a new topic, engaging the visual and lexical parts of your brain at the same time while you learn something new.

Go ahead: diversify that comics shelf.

Rethinking Gender
An Illustrated Exploration
978-0-262-04723-4
A lively, informative, and engaging guide to gender by an author-illustrator who helps readers understand the multiplicity of answers to “What even is gender?”
$24.95 US
Nov 01, 2022
Paperback
232 Pages
The MIT Press

Let's Talk About It
The Teen's Guide to Sex, Relationships, and Being a Human (A Graphic Novel)
978-0-593-12531-1
Is what I'm feeling normal? Is what my body is doing normal? Am I normal? How do I know what are the right choices to make? How do I know how to behave? How do I fix it when I make a mistake? Let's talk about it.
$23.99 US
Mar 09, 2021
Hardcover
240 Pages
Random House Graphic
Age 14 and up

How the Internet Really Works
An Illustrated Guide to Protocols, Privacy, Censorship, and Governance
978-1-71850-029-7
An accessible, comic book-like, illustrated introduction to how the internet works under the hood, designed to give people a basic understanding of the technical aspects of the Internet that they need in order to advocate for digital rights.
$19.95 US
Dec 11, 2020
Hardcover
120 Pages
No Starch Press

Policing the City
An Ethno-graphic
978-1-63542-250-4
Adapted from the landmark essay Enforcing Order, this striking graphic novel offers an accessible inside look at policing and how it leads to discrimination and violence.
$25.99 US
Mar 15, 2022
Hardcover
112 Pages
Other Press

Let's Make Ramen!
A Comic Book Cookbook
978-0-399-58199-1
A comic book cookbook with accessible ramen recipes for the home cook, including simple weeknight bowls, weekend project stocks, homemade noodles, and an array of delicious accompaniments, with insights and tips from notable ramen luminaries.
$19.99 US
Jul 16, 2019
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Let's Make Dumplings!
A Comic Book Cookbook
978-1-9848-5875-7
An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for bringing Asian dumplings into the home kitchen, with recipes for savory and sweet dumplings, dipping sauces, riffs, and more--from the authors of Let's Make Ramen!
$19.99 US
Jun 22, 2021
Paperback
208 Pages
Ten Speed Press

Cook Korean!
A Comic Book with Recipes [A Cookbook]
978-1-60774-887-8
A charming introduction to the basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel form, with 64 recipes, ingredient profiles, and more, presented through light-hearted comics.
$22.00 US
Jul 05, 2016
Paperback
176 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Comic Book Lesson
A Graphic Novel That Shows You How to Make Comics
978-1-9848-5843-6
An aspiring young creator learns the fundamentals of visual storytelling from three comic book mentors in this charming illustrated tale—a graphic novel that teaches you how to turn your stories into comics!
$18.99 US
Jul 26, 2022
Paperback
160 Pages
Watson-Guptill

The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up
A Magical Story
978-0-399-58053-6
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author (110 weeks on the list; 6 million copies sold) and lifestyle/cleaning guru Marie Kondo, this graphic novelization brings Kondo's life-changing tidying method to life with the story of a woman who transforms her home, work, and love life using Kondo's advice and inspiration.
$14.99 US
Jun 27, 2017
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food
Step-by-Step Vegetable Gardening for Everyone
978-1-9848-5726-2
The first graphic novel guide to growing a successful vegetable garden, from planning, prepping, and planting, to troubleshooting, care, and harvesting.
$19.99 US
Feb 02, 2021
Paperback
176 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Mueller Report: Graphic Novel
978-1-68405-668-2
It's the greatest WHODUNIT of our time... or a new low for "Presidential Harassment!"
$15.99 US
Sep 15, 2020
Hardcover
208 Pages
IDW Publishing

The Comic Book Story of Basketball
A Fast-Break History of Hoops
978-1-9848-5618-0
A fast-break history of basketball--from its humble beginnings to its all-time great players--featuring engaging true tales from the court and vivid, dynamic illustrations.
$19.99 US
Sep 22, 2020
Paperback
176 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling
A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport
978-0-399-58049-9
From the host of the critically acclaimed pro wrestling podcast Straight Shoot, this graphic novel history of wrestling features the key grapplers, matches, and promotions that shaped this beloved sport and form of entertainment.
$18.99 US
Oct 02, 2018
Paperback
184 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Comic Book Story of Video Games
The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution
978-0-399-57890-8
From the co-creator of the New York Times best-selling The Comic Book Story of Beer, a complete, illustrated history of video games--highlighting the machines, games, and people who have made gaming a worldwide, billion dollar industry/artform--told in a giftable graphic novel style.
$18.99 US
Oct 03, 2017
Paperback
192 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The History of the World in Comics
978-0-8234-4578-3
Never has natural history been so fun! Scientific accuracy and humor combine to tell the entire history of Earth in a comic book format.
$22.99 US
Dec 01, 2020
Hardcover
80 Pages
Holiday House
Age 10 and up

Comic Book History of Comics: Comics For All
978-1-68405-255-4
The medium is the message! Comics come in many forms, from all around the world. What better way to discover them than through a comic book?
$15.99 US
Jul 24, 2018
Paperback
104 Pages
IDW Publishing

Oak Flat
A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West
978-0-399-58973-7
A powerful work of visual nonfiction about three generations of an Apache family struggling to protect sacred land from a multinational mining corporation, by MacArthur "Genius" and National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss, the acclaimed author of Thunder & Lightning.
$20.00 US
Nov 09, 2021
Paperback
288 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks